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of benghazi. christopher stevens and three aides died of smoke inhalation after an angry mob set fire to the building in protest of an amateur anti-muslim film produced in the united states. the film also sparked protests in egypt, where demonstrators scaled a wall of u.s. embassy in cairo and burnt the american flag. the film called "in a sense of muslims," was funded by private donors and made by director who's called islam a cancer. we will have more on this story after headlines. the white house is denying reports president obama has snubbed israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu by refusing a meeting with netanyahu -- when netanyahu visits washington next week. the reported rift is said to center around u.s.-israeli tensions over iran, with netanyahu continuing to push for a military attack. on tuesday, he escalated his rhetoric say no one in the world can tell israel not to attack iran. >> the world says, "wait, there's still time." i say, "wait for what?" "wait until when?" those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before iran do not have a moral right
way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi and opened fire. the violence in protest to that amateur online film produced in the u.s. that offended millions and millions of muslims. first, we want to bring in elise labott. she has known ambassador stevens for ten years. she works at the state department for us. elise this is a tragedy for the entire diplomatic community this morning. >> yes, yes. john, this is a terrible day for the state department. everyone is going to be in mourning today. it's not just the fact that chris stevens was such a popular figure of the state department. really, one of the cream of the crop of the u.s. foreign service. but it's been many years since someone of this level has been killed in an attack like this. so i think there's going to be a lot of shockwaves through the state department. after all the u.s. has done for the libyans. using force to get rid of moammar gadhafi, to help libya stand up as it moved towards elections, as it tries to start anew. i think there's going to be a lot of gut checking right now
we are day two now of protests. we've been covering the protests in cairo and in benghazi. we remember covering the revolution, it was really the rebel stronghold last year. explain what exactly happened as far as this ambassador is concerned and the three other workers who were apparently with him in his car? >> details are very sketchy right now. what we understand is we knew yesterday, towards the end of the day, that as we were watching those pictures at the embassy in cairo, there were gunmen that had approached the u.s. consulate in benghazi, and breached the walls of the compound. and they were trying to secure the compound, secretary clinton put out a statement early this morning that one u.s. foreign service officer was killed. what we can piecing together, and again there hasn't been state department confirmation of the details, is that they were trying to take chris stevens, the ambassador, to libya, who is based in tripoli, i might add, and some other personnel out to safety, and there was a rocket attack and they were killed. >> you were mentioning before that the
clashes at the consulate in benghazi, libya. one u.s. official is believed to have been killed. maybe one wounded. 6:30 p.m. the cairo embassy tweets this morning's condemnation issued before the protest began still stands. as does our condemnation of the breach. 10:09 p.m. romney campaign releases a statement from governor romney on libya and egypt, embargoed until midnight. expressing outrage at the attacks and saying, "it's disgraceful that the obama administration first response was not to condemn attacks but sympathize with those who wage the attacks." 10:10:00 p.m., the obama administration disavows the cairo embassy statement release some 16 hours earlier in the day. telling politico that the statement, "was not cleared by washington" and does not reflect the views of the united states government. 10:25 p.m. the romney campaign lifts the embargo. sometime after midnight, the original cairo embassy statement and subsequent tweets are removed from the website and the twitter account. 12:09 a.m., obama campaign spokesman e-mails reporters saying the campaign is shocked that governor r
in benghazi, and were waitinged for an opportunity to strike. that opportunity came in a street riot last night. here's secretary of state hillary clinton today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. live at the state department now to ellise. first of all, to the new information we are getting here because this is very rare. we understand for an ambassador to be killed by terrorists. does it change how people feel about what has happened at the state department that people's dear friend and colleague that he was not targeted, but this was something of a tragic accident? >> suzanne, i think the halls of the state department really are mourning right now everybody. chris stevens was someone that was well known to everybody. effects one of the most pop lash -- popular people of the foreign service. if you hear about one random person -- not to make light of their death, but one random person killed in a rocket attack, but this was someone that everyone in the state department knew. he was a very public figure, and right now everybody
cocktails. the protests follow tuesday night's storming of the was consulate in the libyan city of benghazi that left the u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three staffers dead. on wednesday, president obama vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the killings, which he said would not repeat ties between u.s. and libya. >> we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. the world must stand at a to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. already, many libyans have joined us in doing so. this attack will not break the bonds between u.s. and libya. >> the obama administration has dispatched an elite group of marines to the libyan capital of tripoli and six u.s. warships toward the libyan coast in a bid to ramp up security of u.s. personnel. we'll have more on the protests throughout the middle east after the headlines. the response to the deadly attack in libya has entered the presidential campaign after republican nominee mitt romney is the tragedy to attack president obama. ho
.s. consulate in benghazi where as in egypt their new president took quite a while to issue any form of statement. and did so on facebook. remember his movement is tied in with muslim brotherhood as well. they had called, the muslim brotherhood called for a second and third day of protests against that anti-muslim video that set off the riots to begin with. >> interesting to note there were also demonstrations denouncing, by muslims in these countries, denouncing this kind of violence. >> particularly in libya. >> yes. >> yes. many because chris stevens loved the country and, loved helping them with the revolution and freeing them from gadhafi's reign. >> ambassador christopher stevens remembered as a model diplomat. his name and those of the three americans died in the attack will be etched on a wall at the state department. abc's jonathan karl has more. >> reporter: war was still raging when he first arrived in libya last year. ambassador chris stevens fully embraced one of the most dangerous diplomatic missions in the world. [ speaking foreign language ] >> my name is christopher
last night, the night of september 11, militants fired a rocket in a the u.s. consulate in benghazi, killing ambassador stevens, and three other americans. tonight, they are being remembered. we have team coverage. ken wayne says the pentagon is already taking action, but we begin at uc berkely and a candlelight vigil at stevens old fraternity. >> reporter: that vigil just wrapped up about a half hour ago. these students did not know stevens, but they were inspired by his life. tonight, they lit candles in his honor, and projected a photo of stevens on the side of the house, for a man people say had great dreams and a good heart. >> my name is chris stevens, and i'm the new u.s.ambassador to libya. >> reporter: this video shows him introducing himself last may. before stevens left the u.s., he spoke with steven browning. >> very earnest, and somewhat humbled by the task was about to undertake. i think he was very conscious of the enormity of the task. >> reporter: it was a dream come true for the bay area native. >> he was just a great, all around guy. one of those guys from school
. >> ian lee, we'll check in with you throughout the hour. >>> the worst protesters were in benghazi, that's where ama basder christopher stevens and three other americans were killed in attacks on the u.s. consulate. she joins us now over the phone. jamano what is the libyan government saying about that attack? >> well, victor, it does seem now this protest was not really a protest about this film, it was more of a planned attack. what we're hearing from libyan government officials is what we initially heard from u.s. officials. this was a preplanned attack by extremist groups, islamist radical groups that operate in the eastern part of the country. yesterday we heard from the president's ruling saying that they now believe it is a preplanned attack by these groups that aim aed to inflict maximum damage on western interest, especially u.s. interest in libya and sabotage libyan and u.s. relations. the libyan government now saying this investigation is its top priority. they have made a number of arrests. they have four people in custody, at least so far, who are being interrogated and they
to charlie dagata in benghazi. charlie, what's he saying? >> reporter: good morning to you, nor aah. we just returned from the u.s. consulate where we did meet with the president. he confirmed that four arrests have been made and is also confident that there will be more. you're confident that the men behind this, the people behind this will be caught? >> yes. >> reporter: what makes you so confident? >> because everyone is determined to. >> reporter: everyone is determined to? >> determined to. >> reporter: have you identified the group responsible for this? >> too early. >> reporter: it's too early. have you made moves toward the suspects responsible? we understand there's a no fly zone in place at benghazi airport. can you tell us more about that? >> to prevent any attempts by the perpetrators to flee the country. >> reporter: now the u.s. state department has released the names of the four men killed in the attack at the consulate. in addition to the u.s. ambassador, christopher stevens and sean smith, an air force veteran, state department has also confirmed the deaths of tyrone woods,
of two weeks now. that is what happened in benghazi? why was the message coming out of the administration so muddled at best and misleading at worse? when did they know that it was a terrorist attack? why won't the president actually use the term terrorist attack? well, yesterday there was a major break through and one agency came out and took responsibility. >> in fact, it was james clapper's office, the director of national intelligent basically trying to take the onus off the white house by saying hey it was the intelligence community's fault and said, this quote: in the immediate aftermath there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier that day in cairo. we provided that initial assessment to the executive branch officials and members of congress who used that information to discuss the attack publicly and provide updates as they became available. through the our investigation we continued to emphasize that our information was preliminary and evolving. >> we were waiting for someone like james clapper or tom donilin to weigh
to benghazi. the president of libya has just talked to charlie. what's he saying? >> reporter: well, good morning to you. just returned from the u.s. consulate where we did meet with the president of the libyan national council. he confirmed four arrests have been made. he's confident there will be more. you're confident the men behind the, the people behind this will be caught. why? what makes you so confident. >> because everyone is determined to. >> reporter: everyone is determined to. how far identified the group responsible for this? >> too early. >> reporter: have you made move towards the suspects responsible? we understand there's a no fly zone in place at benghazi airport. can you tell us more about that. >> any attempts by perpetrators. >> reporter: now the u.s. state department has released the names of the four men killed in the attack at the consulate in addition to the u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and sean smith. they confirmed the deaths of tyrone woods a former navy s.e.a.l. who served multiple tours of duty in iraq and afghanistan and glenn dougherty. >> secretary
assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya, and they escalated into a much more violent episode. >> nbc is live for us in benghazi, libya. let's talk about the u.s. officials who are on the ground now. how many of the suspects are in custody and are there any leads on other suspects? >> alex, we had the chance yesterday to speak to libya's president, head of the general national council here. he told us he did agree with ambassador rice on one point. he believes this was a sinister, preplanned attack. this was the hallmark of foreign militants who had come into libya to exploit the security vacuum here and planned a very specific attack against the united
said today we had no actual intelligence that an attack on our post in benghazi was planned or imminent. two questions, first of all, they said benghazi. they had some warning for egypt. what does the actual intelligence mean? >> when you are in a threatened environment and the ambassador goes outside the compound, especially in benghazi, that has been a source of recruiting for al-qaeda for some time, extra caution should have been taken. one should argue at a dangerous place on 9/11 he doesn't go out at all. but the tragedy that four people are dead, it doesn't matter what the excuse is beforehand, there was a massive failure here. >> let's go back to my earlier point. why do you need a warning when you are in a place where there are extremists that don't like americans, and whatever purpose and he was heartless in libya, it was so obvious people didn't want us here. islamic extremists don't want us there, they want their law. >> unless you think everyone is fine. and you think things are going well in the middle east. but if your notion is that the war on terrorism is over and we've
of the terrorist attack in benghazi and so on. >> thank you. the violence in his country is the last thing the egyptian president needs as he visits europe. >> mohammed morsi is here to lobby for economic aid and to show his the country is turning toward economic democracy. >> he hoped to use his trip to persuade leaders of his democratic credentials, but the visit was overshadowed by events back,. mohammed morsi told a news conference that he condemned up violence and pledged to protect foreigners in egypt. >> if one kills without justification, it is likely kill all of humanity. we will protect all visitors, tourists, and diplomatic missions. >> the european union's expectations of the first free elected egyptian leader are high. they hope the arab world cost is country will become a democratic blueprint for the entire region. to that end, leaders and europe -- european union have said that human-rights are indispensable. >> we have discussed this in very open terms. i believe in his sincerity about the principle of human dignity and respect for every human life. >> he says he has faith
the security situation in eastern libya was deteriorating based on attacks june, specifically in benghazi and the briefing carney said he was not aware of any specific warning. >>shepard: tell us about your information, catherine, regarding possible terror camps near our embassy in benghazi. >>reporter: well, the libyan president blamed foreign spiders, code for islamists saying suspects from mali and algeria are among the 50 arrests. fox is told that there are at least two suspects training camps in libya. one is 75 miles from the scene of muammar qaddafi's death and the second is near the generation border a lawless area where al qaeda and their north african affiliate has been raising money through kidnapping. the catches have been under the microscope when a motorcade was attacked by a rocket propelled grenade, the ambassador survived but two in the security team were injured. a congressional source said drone assets capable of surveillance and much more have new been "re-positioned in response to that consulate attack." >>shepard: thank you, catherine, from washington, dc. >> many of
, and gratitude. the large demonstrations condemning this lascivious crime in the city of van ghazi -- benghazi and other libyan cities is the true reflection of a feeling of the libyan people and its feelings toward violence and extremism. libya will never be home to extremist groups. we shall always be a peaceful moslem country, one of moderation -- peaceful muslim country, one of moderation. mr. president, the new libya will be a place of hospitality, transparency, enabling women and youth. it will be a libya by all and for all at the same time. it cannot fail to condemn the anti- islam campaign and those defaming his profit. -- prohet. such campaigns increase hatred and provocation and attention among civilizations. they go beyond the concept of free expression. this makes it necessary for the general assembly of the united nations to adopt a covenant in order to criminalize actions that are insulting of the symbols of all religions. and we, as muslims, believe fully in the unity of mankind, of the brotherhood of man, and we express our support for dialog between religions and cooperation,
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests. but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are a small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran, claiming iran is months away from being able to build a nuclear bomb. >> i think th
. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. as america's representative, he helped the libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. and after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago, he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures, and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that th
, with benghazi, with so many dictators, they were supporting them because it suit at that time the strategic interests and the economic interests. so the point for me was to deal with this and to be very cautious with wording. i was not buying from the very beginning this perception, oh, it's the arab spring, these are revolutions. i started by saying let us be cautiously optimistic. something is happening which is great. and what is great is what i call in the book and in the title the awakening. and the awakening is the awakening of the arab mind and the intellectual revolution with people understanding, yes, it's possible to get rid of dictators, it's possible to change the country. this is irreversible. that cannot be chaingd. and this is something which is a legacy, a shift which is very promising for the now and for the future. now to speak about revolutions that are achieved and i don't know, i still don't know. so i don't know today if what is happening in egypt is an unfinished or an unachieved revolution. i don't know what is happening with what is happening in tunisia that we are,
in benghazi. now al-qaeda affiliate in north africa is calling for more murders. in a statement posted on the web, terrorists urge preliminaries to kill or expel representatives of the u.s. government as retaliation for that anti-islam video that went viral last week. u.s. officials have been giving conflicting information, really, about whether that video may have played a role in the murders. ed henry is live at the white house. i guess jay carney spoke out about this today. >> he did. 'cause there has been conflicting information as you suggest. some administration officials have said look, this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. that's the opposite, as you know, as to what the libyan president and others have suggested. u.s. intelligence sources have told fox that the u.s. government was warned by libyan officials that violence was increasing in benghazi and that the libyan government may not be able to control it. so i pressed jay carney on whether we got some kind of a warning. take a listen. >> the administration have any sort of heads up that violence was increasing spe
stream. and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: just the day before the attack there were warning signs. al qaeda's lear urging libyans to retaliate against americans for the death of a libyan born militant. the state department was aware that that anti-muslim movie was airing on egyptian tv. yet there were no warnings about it to other u.s. missions. why there weren't warnings about the movie is a beg question. whenever there has been a denigration of the prophet muhammad, demonstrations have almost always followed. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> not just, warning signs, potentially ignored, the consulate there, was not as secure as most consulates. they didn't have bulletproof glass. don't have reinforced doors. intelligence agents haven't substantiated this said a spy must have known about the safe house in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. militants found it without a problem. >> hoond sight is 20/20. 30 american staffers and libyans were taken to the safe house. the government will not shut down at the en
about the attacks in benghazi, it looks that military attacks. it doesn't look like demonstrators crawling all over the wall like in cairo. it looked like something of a different nature. we need to understand and remember that in a massacre that was killed last night sided with the rebels against the government. he was a symbol of openness and democracy in this government's commitment to see a better day for the middle east, which is one of the reasons why he was targeted so specifically last night. megyn: monica, today if you read the press, are questioning why are embassy would be issuing a statement that there is no question that the film sounds incendiary. but in america we believe in free speech. that is one of the fundamental principles of our country. they are questioning why are embassy would feel compelled to weigh in on this statement by private individual that many in the muslim world find offensive. but we in america believe in free speech. >> yes, that's exactly right. that is part of the reason why this was so appalling. when the outrage started to build, they doubl
of this to include benghazi was preplanned. it's not spontaneous. megyn: so you're saying they are feeling more emboldened now, that they don't believe that the american superpower will strike back in the way we once would have? >> exactly. and, of course, our ability to do so isdiminished every time we pull more troops occupant of a place like afghanistan t. out of a place like afghanistan. the sad fact of it is that the mission of the u.s. u.s. marinen this case with the fast units being sent out are to protect diplomatic missions from this kind of assault. well, there's not quite enough marines to go around if that's what we're going to continue to do, cutting the budget. so places like sudan which turned down the introduction of a marine security guard detachment and the enhanced fast unit that was supposed to go out there, what we really ought to be doing is telling sudan no marines, no aid. and this administration isn't about to do that kind of thing because they can't even acknowledge that they failed, they failed in the basic requirements of preparing for the kind of demonstrations that
including ambassador chris stevens. they were killed in benghazi last week. this is the video of the gutted out consulate. it's believe the attack was planned by al qaeda operatives. >>> now to california. na cue la basseley na cue la talked yesterday. part of it hinges on his past. >> it was all choreographed. there were conversations between the federal probation officers and him. he was ready and willing and very cooperative it's unknown where nakoula went after the interview. >>> now, let's move to egypt where protesters had gathered for several ys for anti-american demonstrations but now it turns out not all of the protesters were there because of their anger toward the u.s. and the anti-muslim interview. they were there because they were getting paid to be there. our cnn international correspondent ben wedeman is there. ben, good morning. >> reporter: this is the egyptian prime minister who made that claim in an interview with the bbc arabic service. of course, we've heard this before. in fact, a cnn official of the muslim brotherhood mention thad some of the protesters are being paid
. the fact is, this was probably from an al qaeda affiliated or al qaeda organization in benghazi that carried out a very well orchestrated attack. it results in the tragedy that took the lives of four brave americans. again, it is incredible to blame the video. the video is not to blame. the people that are pushing the video, the people that are using the video as a way of inflaming passions throughout the middle east. how many more videos are this going to be? finally, what about freedom of speech? we still believe that people, as long as they do not commit a crime, are allowed to have freedom of speech. we should stand up for that. >>neil: now it has spread to the other countries and whether it is the video or the follow-up on what happened in libya, it almost gives the appearance of the whole middle east being on fire. what do you think of the way things stand going into what are half a dozen planned demonstrations throughout the middle east this weekend? >>guest: osama bin laden said this is a strong horse and a weak horse. people like the strong horse. we have sent the emerg
the hunt is on for those responsible for deadly attack at a u.s. consulate there. eamonn is in benghazi, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, kate. we understand that an fbi team of special agents has arrived here in benghazi. they're keeping a low profile for security reasons and are expected to at some point begin investigating what exactly happened at that consulate. they're going to sift through the ashes and look for any clues that can identify any individuals involved in that attack. we know that the u.s. military has deployed its resources, including drones and other intelligence gathering mechanisms to try to keep an eye and ear out for any of these people involved. they're getting a lot of cooperation from the libyan government. the libyan government says that they believe this was a pre-planned attack, not an outburst of spontaneous violence. and they're also saying that they have four individuals in custody that they are questioning who may have possibly important information that could benefit the americans. they also have several other individuals under surveill
about first of all what happened. the libya attacks in benghazi. there are suggestions that these were well-coordinated attacks as opposed that which first was reported that it was just a mob attack. what's the intel on that? >> it is -- it was hastily planned but it was planned, nonetheless. all the evidence points to that. small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, wielded by soldiers who were properly trained in what looked like a tactical attack. so it was planned. i think the consulate was a target of opportunity. there's no doubt about it. >> so was it well defended? >> well, it wasn't defended at all. which is -- and the state department has a great deal to answer for. there's no reason why, in a place like libya, that hasn't finished with a violent revolution, where a consulate that's relatively isolated should not be -- should not be defended at all. no, that's -- there's going to be an investigation. there's going to be a lot of finger pointing. but the state department has a lot to answer for in that regard. >> well, indeed, there's also a response that has
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